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Space Photos of the Week: Hubble Sees Things a Long Time Ago

The Hubble Space Telescope is a time machine. Images like this reveal the earliest galaxies, because they gather light in the infrared range. Hubble is especially designed to look at that spectrum, and these dazzling galaxies were captured by the ‘scope in 2014. This particular photo combines infrared data, which ...

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Space Photos of the Week: Dead Stars and a Cute L’il Comet

This ghostly image captures a death. The red filaments of gas are remnants of a supernova explosion called HBH 3. Astronomers think it happened anywhere between 80,000 and 1 million years ago, and these markers stretch 150 light years across—among the largest supernova remnants ever discovered. And while the red ...

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Space Photos of the Week: Sweeping the Clouds Away on Titan

You know that hazy, cloudy, yellowish moon of Saturn called Titan? This is the same moon! Using years’ worth of infrared data from Cassini’s Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer, scientists have created the most detailed view of Titan we’ve ever seen. Because of the thick atmosphere enveloping this moon, it’s ...

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The Quest to Make Super-cold Quantum Blobs in Space

On a frigid day last January in northern Sweden, a German-led team of physicists loaded a curious machine onto an unmanned rocket. The payload, about as tall as a single-story apartment, was essentially a custom-made freezer—a vacuum chamber, with a small chip and lasers within, that could cool single atoms ...

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Trump Hasn’t Signed a Space Force Into Being—Yet

After months of teasing a new military arm devoted to extra-stratospheric security, President Donald Trump publicly ordered the Department of Defense and the Pentagon to immediately begin establishing a Space Force as the sixth branch of the armed forces on Monday. Well, maybe. The president’s statement was not accompanied by ...

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Space Photos of the Week: A Cruise Around Mars’ Hale Crater

Mars isn’t short of interesting craters, but Hale Crater has a lot going on. It’s a fairly large impact crater running almost 62 miles across, featuring recurring slope lineae (elements that are seasonal and some think are linked to liquid water) and active gullies. The greenish blue is colored bedrock, ...

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Space Photos of the Week: Mars Gets Pac Man Fever

We are bopping around the entire universe this week, but our first stop is local—let’s head to Mars. When you think of Mars, you might imagine red-tinted deserts and craggy red rocks. But you should also think of Pac Man. This week NASA released an image of a crater-dune combination ...

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